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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice: Workplace Learning Development

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Bognor Regis campus

1 year Part Time

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Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry Requirements

  • An?honours?degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification.


Course content

Course overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice:?Workplace Learning Development supports the development?of a high status, world-leading teaching profession. You'll build?advanced subject?knowledge and gain?an?understanding?of how to best?utilise?evidence-based practice in order to unlock the potential of all?learners.?The certificate includes a?60-credit module, available within the MA Education suite of modules. It's typically delivered up to ten?sessions?over the period of one academic year.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed to support school-based projects. It?is suitable for individuals or groups of education professionals working within their work setting or as part of a linked partnership who wish to accredit development activities within the workplace. It may also benefit teaching school alliances and multi-academy trusts that are focusing on specific developments and initiatives.?

Learn more

Email?Dr Sue Bentham, Programme Coordinator for more information. You can also email?our MA Education team?or call on +44 (0)1243 812045.?

Course start date?

This course starts in September.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.? It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors?
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access?PC and Mac?stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you?further your research
  • Online library resources you can access?from anywhere?at any time
  • Costa?Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone?(SIZ) to help with any enquiries?while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings?laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus including Bognor Regis Beach, Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore.?

Visit us

There's plenty of ways to see the campus, even from your own home! Take a look around at our facilities?through?our Virtual Tour.

Where this can take you

Successful students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice worth 60 level 7 Masters credits, which can act as a springboard for further Masters study. Take a look at our Postgraduate courses.

Indicative modules

This postgraduate certificate has been designed for students who wish to accredit development activities within the workplace. This certificate may be undertaken by individuals or groups of education professionals working within their own environment or as part of a linked partnership. It is designed to support schools or individuals within schools who wish to accredit their professional development activities or Local Authorities working on specific developments and projects. The certificate runs over two semesters.? This certificate is aimed to meet the bespoke needs of both students and schools.? The focus of the workplace learning project will be discussed within tutorials with the programme tutor.

This module has a core element and a workplace learning development project:

The core element? includes:

  • consideration of the nature of Masters level study related to professional and academic development;
  • the relationship between theory, policy and practice;
  • development of reflective, critical and analytic thinking;
  • planning professional development and learning.

The core element will be assessed by:

Summative Assessment? (1): Literature Review

A critical analysis of the academic literature related to the project in question which will also reflect learning achieved through professional experience and further reading. (2000 words)

Summative Assessment (2):? Research Plan

An individual research plan for the project with rationale. This will relate to a Workplace Improvement Plan or equivalent where appropriate. (2000 words)

Workplace Learning Development Project element:

This aspect of the module is studied through engagement in a professional action learning set with taught sessions where appropriate. The workplace development learning project will normally be carried out over a period of 6 months. This will be assessed by a final 8,000 word report.

Summative Assessment (3):? Workplace Learning Development Project

A workplace development learning project report. (8000 words)

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


Normally this can be completed in one academic year on a part time basis.

The tutors working on the programme have been selected for their expertise in the chosen subject area: action learning expertise and research. Where possible the sessions will be taught by one academic (member of University staff) and a practitioner.


The core element will be assessed by two tasks and the project by one report on an area as negotiated with the tutor.

Successful students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice worth 60 level 7 Masters credits, which can act as a springboard for further Masters study.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Support School-Based Projects

The certificate programme offers individuals, individual schools or groups of schools?the opportunity to investigate, by means of practitioner research, a bespoke school-based focus.

The content prepares students to engage in learning at postgraduate level and the analysis of workplace learning practice. It aims to encourage reflection on previous learning; support to identify, explore and research a professional challenge, concern or issue; develop a research approach to activity in the workplace; and develop professional skills and attributes through action learning.

Typically the delivery includes up to ten face-to-face sessions over the period of one academic year; the content is designed in partnership by colleagues from the workplace and the University.

Successful students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice worth 60 level 7 Masters credits, which can act as a springboard for further Masters study.

Groups would need to have a minimum of 10 students.

Please Note:

For individual applicants up to eight hours tutorial support is available, which may include face to face meetings and reviews of drafts.? For small groups of students who are undertaking similar projects, the tutor will negotiate group tutorials which will be complemented by up to 4 hours of individual support.? Tutorials will focus upon the substantive topic, facilitating discussion of ideas, research sources and references, theoretical models, policy implications etc.? The delivery of this module will benefit from the use of electronic message board facilities to assist communication between students.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Sue Bentham, Coordinator of Masters Level Provision
01243 812162

Fees:?on application

Start date:?Negotiable


Case Study - School-based Project

Highbury Primary School developed in conjunction with the University a work-based learning programme entitled ‘Moving to Outstanding Teaching’. ?This involved teachers being involved in action based research projects, which had been identified from school improvement targets.

The University of Chichester was invited to work with the school to design the content of a postgraduate certificate in professional practice that would enable successful participants to acquire 60–masters level credits.

Drawing on the expertise of colleagues from school and university, a joint programme was developed to meet school needs and was delivered over one academic year.

As a result teachers undertook action research, which investigated aspects of practice that ultimately enhanced pupil learning outcomes within the school.

Action research projects included:

  1. How does peer coaching affect pupil progress and attitudes to learning for higher attaining children?
  2. How does reading interventions impact on pupil progress and attitudes to learning?
  3. How can the effective balance of talk and questioning develop pupil’s communication and language skills in Maths in the early years?
  4. To explore within the context of my school which interventions are the most effective for accelerating the progress of pupil premium children in Maths.
  5. To explore whether creating and composing lyrics to represent the ‘Talk for Writing’ stories would increase the level at which pupils remember the stories in a year 3/4 classroom.